Special Report

Cities With the Worst COVID-19 Unemployment Crisis Right Now


To determine the cities with double-digit unemployment, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at the metropolitan area level for September 2020 from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We identified the 46 cities where at least 10% of the workforce is unemployed. In the case of a tie, the metro area where overall employment fell the most in the last year was ranked higher. 

Data on historical monthly unemployment also came from the BLS. Supplemental data on employment by industry came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. 

Additional data on median household income and poverty came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and are one-year estimates for 2019.

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